Pioneering New Technology: How Digital Agriculture is Changing the Face of Farming
Everyone has their own idea of what life on a farm looks like — and many people might be surprised by how different agriculture is compared to what they imagine. The truth of the matter is, while every farm is unique, many farmers are integrating ground-breaking digital tools and technologies that have not only changed the face of agriculture, but vastly improved what farmers can accomplish in their fields.
How digital tools are mitigating risk and making farming more rewarding for smallholders in developing countries.
Agriculture has always been about managing risk. When a farmer puts a seed in the ground, they’re making an investment in the land. In developing countries where livelihoods depend on harvests the most, that risk is often the greatest. In a commitment to empower more than 100 million smallholder farmers, Bayer is setting out to balance the equation by mitigating risk and making farming more rewarding through crucial partnerships and innovative digital tools.
Initial product offering will focus on key crops for greenhouse and glasshouse markets: tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber / Commercial launch is slated for 2022 in Canada, US, Mexico, Spain and Italy with potential for future expansion
MONHEIM, Germany, September 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Bayer announced that it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the new Vegetables by Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seed. The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market: tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber. These will be followed by tomato rootstock varieties in 2023. Varieties will be sold under both the Seminis® and De Ruiter® vegetable seed brands.
Thomas Udesen, Chief Procurement Officer at Bayer believes that a responsible supply chain is a resilient supply chain. And the best way to responsible, sustainable purchasing is through collaboration with industry peers and suppliers.
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Connected technology helps farmers care for the land and protect the environment.
Farmers are in constant pursuit of data
From every planted seed, application of fertilizer, or change in weather, information is gathered. This includes satellites building forecasts, advanced sensors monitoring crops, and systems measuring water sprayed through a nozzle. Agricultural innovation is connected to the earth, building knowledge to support informed and thoughtful judgments.
by Bob Reiter, Head of Research & Development, Crop Science at Bayer
Throughout my career in agriculture, I've been inspired by how eagerly growers have embraced progress. Today's farmer is tech-savvy and open to digital tools – ranging from apps and GPS to AI and machine learning – that can fuel smarter and more productive decisions.
Soil is a living entity; it is full of life. In a single teaspoon, there are as many as 1 billion microorganisms. This diversity is critical to agricultural production and human survival. To talk about living soil, I sat down with Dr. Rattan Lal. He is not only a giant in this field but also a consistently humble and unfailingly friendly human being. The author of 22 books and one of most cited scientists in the world, Dr.